Cathy Marston | Choreographer Artistic Director

Choreography 2018



Inspired by Edith Wharton’s novella, Ethan Frome.

Premiere: 21st April 2018 for San Francisco Ballet, as part of their Unbound Festival of new works. Revivals planned by SFB in 2018/2019 in San Francisco and Washington.

Choreography: Cathy Marston

Scenario: Cathy Marston and Patrick Kinmonth

Music: Philip Feeney’s arrangement of works by Arvo Part, Arthur Foote, Amy Beach and Feeney’s original compositions.

Design: Patrick Kinmonth

Light: Jim Ingalls

Length: 31 mins

Cast: 3 principals and a group of at least 10 dancers

"A smart choice for a one-act ballet.. .Marston whittles her material down to around 30 minutes of pure dance…There is a superb chemistry between casting and choreography…Marston keeps her language plain and functional when she needs to move her story along, but it blooms vividly when focusing on the characters’ inner lives…"
The Guardian

The Suit

The Suit

Inspired by South African writer, Can Themba’s short story, The Suit.

Premiere: 15th March, Barbican, London (then a UK tour). Created for Ballet Black. Winner of the UK National Dance Award for Best Classical Choreography.

Choreography: Cathy Marston

Scenario: Cathy Marston and Edward Kemp

Music: Philip Feeney’s arrangement of Kronos Quartet pieces

Design: Jane Heather

Light: David Plater

Length: 36 mins

Cast: 7 dancers (expandable)

"***** Cathy Marston’s taut new ballet The Suit shows tragedy bursting out of the seams of everyday life...Marston’s duets are richly characterised. After a fond goodbye to Philemon, Cira Robinson’s Matilda stretches in sensuous anticipation of her lover’s arrival. Undressing Mthuthuzeli November, she stretches out a long leg to nudge down his trousers, every movement slow and heated."
The Independent

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Lady Chatterley's Lover

Based on the novel by D.H Lawrence.

Premiere: 4th October 2018, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Salle Wilfrid Pelletier, Montreal.

Choreography: Cathy Marston

Scenario: Cathy Marston and Edward Kemp

Music: Philip Feeney’s original composition and arrangement of works by Scriabin

Set/Light: Lorenzo Savoini

Costumes: Bregje van Balen

Length: 1h20 in Two Acts.

Cast: 40 dancers approximately.

"**** Cathy Marston has achieved a lot with her interpretation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover…Her style is honest and fecund, living on the strength of the powerfully erotic pas de deux peppered throughout. I predict this work will find itself in company repertoires around the world over the next few years. It’s emotional, unsentimental and above all, tells a story that still rings true."



Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the life of Alicia Alonso.

Premiere: 29th October 2018, in the International Ballet Festival of Havana, Grand Teatro Alicia Alonso, Cuban National Ballet.

Choreography: Cathy Marston

Music: Lera Auerbach – Dialogues with Pergolessi

Costumes: Jean-Marc Puissant

Light: Lorenzo Savoini

Length: 25mins

Cast: 5 principals and a group of 12 dancers

Pointe Magazine

"There is no doubt that the dancers’ basic preparation was a good foundation, allowing the creation of a choreographic adventure - classical and contemporary fused into one, revealing passions, first that of the choreographer for Alicia / Cuba, and that of the dancers. This was seen in that group's own magnetism, both inspiring and inspired, supported by their technique and an unlimited energy that broke physical and mental barriers."
Revista Arte X Excelencia

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